Cloud Computing and Open Source Luminaries Headline Pentaho Partner Summit 2009 Partner of the Year Awards Showcase Robust BI Solutions; Global Partner Network Comes Together to Discuss Technology and Market Opportunity ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwire – March 10, 2009) – Pentaho Corp., the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence, today announced the keynote speakers and nominees for “Partner of the Year” awards for its upcoming Partner Summit, BI Acceleration, happening in Menlo Park, California on April 2nd and 3rd. Bernard Golden, CEO of Hyperstratus, author of “Virtualization for Dummies,” and Cloud Computing expert will discuss “The Era of Cloud Computing: Implications for Technology and Service Providers.” Zack Urlocker, vice president of products, database group at Sun Microsystems, will present on “Open Source’s Next Inflection Point.” Larry Augustin, angel investor and former chairman of VA Linux will discuss “The Future of Software: Why Open Source is a Safe Bet.” Bryan Senseman, partner, co-founder and CTO at OpenBI, a leading open source business intelligence services firm, will share his firm’s real-world experience implementing cloud-based business intelligence using the Pentaho BI Suite, Global Partner Network.
Since its inception in 2005, Pentaho’s partner program has attracted a diverse group of leading firms across multiple segments. OEMs and ISVs have worked with Pentaho to allow them to embed business intelligence features in their applications at a fraction of the cost of traditional proprietary BI software. Resellers and Systems Integrators have worked with Pentaho so that they can deliver robust BI solutions to end-customers without the customers’ budget being consumed by expensive BI software license fees. Pentaho’s Global Partner Network community now includes more than 100 companies around the globe. “We’ve developed a partner ecosystem that dwarfs any other in open source BI, and we’re still only beginning to address the total market for our ecosystem as we transform the BI market together,” said Lars Nordwall, senior vice president of Business Development at Pentaho Corporation. “We look forward to recognizing the success of our top partners, and connecting with new organizations that recognize the opportunity that Pentaho provides for their organization.” The following are this year’s award categories and nominees for Pentaho’s “Partner of the Year” Awards. Reseller of the Year, by Geography: North America Unisys Carahsoft Technology Corp. Red Hat Europe, Middle East and Africa Linalis SHS Viveon Smile Asia-Pacific Bizcubed BrainChild Gray Matter Software Latin America Matrix CPM Vinkos Cognus Partner Community Contributor of the Year: Chris Lavigne, Breadboard BI Ingo Klose, SHS Viveon Nicholas Goodman, Bayon Technologies Paul Stöllberger, Aschauer EDV Embedded Business Intelligence Partner of the Year: BE-Centric Sircon Corporation Spidex Software Sun Microsystems System Integrator Partner of the Year: Accenture Aeturnum Saama Technologies Satyam Computer Technology Partner of the Year: HP Oracle Red Hat Sun Microsystems High-Performance Data Warehousing Partner of the Year: Infobright Netezza Teradata Vertica Most Valuable Partner of the Year: Bayon Technologies GrayMatter Software Red Hat Sun Microsystems